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situation room. up next, cnn tonigh toonnigh decision on afghanistan. president obama's decision to add troop surges. what will the consequences be if it does not work? and india takes center stage. snags the first state dinner in the obama administration. why is this emerging economic power so important to the united states? india is going to be central to what we want to do in the world. also, a disturbing new trend. police say they can't keep track of all of the registered sex offenders. there are just too many to keep an eye on. the internet provides easy prey. how can you keep your family safe?
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good evening, and thanks for joining us. at this hour, we're waiting for the prime minister of india, manmohan singh, to arrive at the white house. president obama and the first lady will pay invitation to the first dinner. the list includes hollywood stars and business chiefs. 320 people will gather under a white house tent in the south lawn. singer jennifer hudson will headline the event. the symphony orchestra and the marine band will also perform. earlier today, president obama met with the indian prime minister and called them natural allies. topping the topics, global warming and trade. president obama has promised to visit india next year. now to president obama's big decision on the war in afghanistan. the president said today he plans on finishing the job there. we will find out exactly what that means on december 1st, when
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a formal announcement on a troop surge will be made. it's been almost three months since general stanley mcchrystal said the united states risked failure in afghanistan without 40,000 additional troops. word is the president has agree eed to some kind of middle ground. the lackluster support for the eight-year war, our dan lothian reports on what could be a defining moment in the obama presidency. >> president obama has condemned leaks from his closed door afghanistan deliberations, so at a press event, that was used to try to pry the president loose. >> you don't want my colleagues and i to rely on leaks until next week. >> why stop now? >> mr. obama didn't give an inch, providing no details on his new strategy. and even though most americans are uneasy with the war in afghanistan, the president didn't feel concerned.
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>> i feel confident when the american people hear a clear ration ail for what we're doing there and how we intend to achieve our goals, that they will be supported. >> reporter: after his ninth and most likely final war counsel meeting before making an announcement, robert gibbs says the president has the information he needs and wants to make a decision. with india's prime minister at his time and almost a year after the dudley terror attacke ess i mumbai, they say terrorist attacks are a big problem. >> the forces of terrorism in our region causes great threat to the entire civilized world, and have to be defeated. >> president obama did take a swipe at the bush administration's afghanistan policy, saying at times over the past eight years, they did not have the resources or the right strategy to get the job done,
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and the pretsident is saying its his intention to quote, finish the job. >> did they reach a consensus on afghanistan? >> it's unclear, but i spoke with a senior administration official and they said while the president really did try to get as many differing opinions during this drawn-out process, when it came down to it, and the president did make his decision on the strategy going forward, that everyone would get behind it to make sure that the strategy is successful. >> if not consensus then, there is consensus now. dan, thanks so much. americans remain sharply divided over the war in afghanistan. according to a new cnn opinion research poll, more than half, 52% of americans, are opposed to the war. 45% support it. but when asked how they feel about sending in 34,000 more troops as president obama is reportedly prepared to do, the picture changes somewhat. 50% say they would support that plan while 49% opposed it.
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deciding whether to send more than 30,000 new troops into afghanistan is one thing. getting the boots on the ground there is an entirely different matt matter. we explain the practical challenges of a troop surge and how new forces woen get into afghanistan until well into the new year. >> on the heels of the president's last scheduled war counsel meeting to review afghanistan's strategy, pentagon planners are now expecting orders to send 30,000 additional troops to afghanistan. the planning calls for army and marine brigades as well ozsupport troops, but top military officials have made clear getting any additional forces into the country will take months because of the lack of roads and other infrastructure. >> i anticipate that as soon as the president makes his decision, we can probably begin flowing some forces in quickly after that. but it is a bigger challenge
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than certainly was the case in iraq. >> we had in iraq a place, a staging base in kuwait. we don't have that in afghanistan. >> the 34,000 additional troops would be less than the 40,000 sources say general stanley mcchrystal, the top commander in afghanistan, wants. but one official says nato al allies would be asked to help fill in that gap. >> if the president decides to commit additional forces to afghanistan, there would be an expectations that our allies would also commit additional forces. rt for his part, the president vowed the afghanistan war will end on his watch. >> it is my intention to finish the job. >> reporter: but questions persist about afghanistan's shaky government and the ability of afghanistan forces to take over security responsibilities. >> can one realistically put a date certain on finishing the job in afghanistan? >> i think it's unknowable how long it will take, but i think
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we have to work with the idea that we have goals, landmarks, things to shoot for. to get this done. >> so where would the additional troops for afghanistan come from? t two likely spot are ft. drum new york, where one army brigade was recently held back from going to iraq. the other is ft. campbell, kentucky, which also has troops which can be deployed. >> elaine quijano reporting for us. a picture of the white house. president obama and the indian prime minister, manmohan singh walking in the front door. moments ago, the president and the first lady greeted the prime minister and his wife, gur shurron kaur. typically, but not always, the state dinners have held in the state dining room. today, because of the number of guests and there, the president, this is a tape moments ago, the
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president and mrs. obama waiting out front for the prime minister to arrive. because of the number of guests at indinner, some 400, they have decided to forego having dinner in the state dining room, which is limited to a little more over 100. they have gone out the back. some of the notable guests, mayor michael bloomberg from the city of new york, our own sanjay gupta and deepak chopra. this man is also the brother of the chief of staff, and m night sham alawn and steven spielberg will be there as well. the menu, kind of interesting, a combination of india and southern cooking. check peys and prawns with smoked colored greens. we'll have more with the relationship with india when nicolas burns joins me later, and how is the government planning to pay for the
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the state visit by the indian prime minister has been full of the usual pomp and circumstance, but there's far more than parties and ceremonies on the ajentd genda. president obama called this a defining relationship, and jill doherty claimed why india has become such an importantali and a player on the world stage. >> reporter: it's the world's largest democracy, population almost 1.2 billion. it's a nuclear power, a major trading partner with the u.s.
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now, president barack obama puts india center stage, hosting manmohan singh in his first state dinner. so large, the white house has constructed a massive tent on the back lawn. >> this is a very important relationship with a very important country we have in the world. that's why india was chosen to be the first visit. >> reporter: the relationship started with economics in trade. president george w. bush reached a landmark civil nuclear deal that allowed the u.s. to do business with india on nuclear technology. now, no matter what the issue, india's importance is growing. counterterrorism, nonproliferation, climate change, the conflict in afghanistan. >> i sincerely hope that the community will have the wisdom to stay engaged in that process
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and any premature thought of exit will only embolden the terrori terrorists who are out to destabilize not only our part of the world but civilized worlds everywhere. >> reporter: president obama's recent trip to china makes india nervous. so does his focus on india's neighbor and rival, pakistan. this visit is one way mr. obama will try to alleviate those concerns, but long-term, india's burgeoning economy and its effect on globing warming could be a key issue between the u.s. and india. i will also be listening for what if anything they say about climate change, where india and the united states are actually both having a little difficulty taming this issue domestically. they both have serious domestic
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problem s with what we would lie to do. >> they're pledging to work together on food security to green technology to count counterterrori counterterrorism. proof of india's indispensable role in the world today. india is not alone as an emerging power seeking a louder voice on global affairs. india look with three other fastest growing economies make up a powerful bloc of countries referred to as bric, brazil, russia, india, and china. as kitty pilgrim reports, it should help shape the world economy in the decades to come. >> reporter: teaming with people, on the brink of leading the world economy are the countries known as bric. together, 40% of the world's population. a quarter of the land mass. together, their gdp is two thirds that of the united states. >> this is the fastest growing
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group of countries among the emerging markets. they have withstood the financial crisis very well and they're contributing a great deal to world growth. >> reporter: brazil, russia, india, and china met at a bric summit last june. according to the wall street firm goldman sachs, this will be the fastest growing emerging markets. china is the manufacturing center and holds some $800 billion in u.s. debt. india's economy is expected to surpass the u.s. by 2050 as its population grows by an estimated 700,000 people. russia and brazil have important commodities such as oil. yet some experts point out their differences, casting doubt on their ability to coordinate policy. china and india are gaining. brazil and russia benefit from high commodity prices while
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china and india, manufacturing countri countries, do not. >> the countries don't perform the same way and they don't do the same things, their economic structure is different. that said, if you want to talk about important countries, china is about as important a partner of the u.s. on economic terms as there is, and india is rising in importance. so there are important countries in the bric grouping, but the grouping itself doesn't mean anything. >> they agree the differences are important in terms of shaping policy. >> they're key to engage with the u.s. but on their own terms. they certainly do have very different goals and objectives so the u.s. is going to have to have a strategy of engaging with each of them individually, not just as a group. >> now, one thing is apparent. while you can kwibt about the different objectives of the countries, it's clear in dealing with the economic future, the u.s. strategy will have to take this entire group into account.
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>> as derek pointed out in the report, the countries are so different. what do they want in terms of common policy? >> it's hard to find a common thread, but in terms of the economic crisis, they're critical of u.s. policy and they want financial reforms. also, they're doing this for open markets as emerging economists. >> we'll have much more on the importance of the relationship between the united states and india. we'll be joined by nicolas burns, a leading expert on the region. and lost in new york. how a teenage run away stayed underground on the subways for nearly two weeks without anyone noticing. and a massive health care plan. we'll tell you how the government plans to pay for it.
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the tab for the federal government's health care overhaul could be around $850 billion. as the white house plans its strategy for afghanistan, the cost of that war will almost
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certainly climb. now they're looking for ways to pay the bill. and as lisa sylvester reports, that may mean new taxes. >> reporter: congress is proposing a heap of new taxes. a 5.4% health care tax for individuals earning $500,000 a year. a proposed tax on so-called cadillac insurance plans. a quarter percent tax on the wall street tax, and possibly, if the war in afghanistan goes on, a new 5% tax on the rich. >> what we're suggesting is a war surtax, a graduated tax so that we don't devour with that cost, every other priority we have in the economy. >> reporter: president obama is also prepared to let the bush tax cuts expire in january 2011 for those making more than $250,000 a year. >> one of his concerns is to
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more evenly -- is to use tax policy to make a more even distribution. >> reporter: high income earners in some states could see their marginal tax rate increase more than 60%. a democratic representative who has opposed a wall street tax sees nothing wrong with getting the rich to pitch in more. taxpayers helped stabilize wall street and now wall street needs to help main street. but that could stall in recovery. >> the more we keep ratcheting up taxes on individuals and small business owners, the greater potential we have to do damage to any future economic recovery. that's especially true of these new income and payroll tax proposals in the health care bill. >> at least one tax that has already been implemented impacts families in all tax brackets,
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the federal cigarette tax was increased from 39 cents to just over a dollar. john? >> a lot of new taxes in a lot of different places. lisa, thanks. a major stumbling block to a proposed multibillion dollar development in brooklyn has been removed boy a state court. they used imminent domain. they critics argue the use by a private owner was a misuse of the imminent domain. tell me more about this. do opponents think they can still block what is going on or do they think they have lost? >> they're hoping to. they're saying they're still fighting this. danielle goldsteen is the lead opponent of the project. he and his family have been fighting to stay in their three-bedroom brooklyn condo since 2006. this would house the nba's nets. new york's court of appeals said
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the state could use imminent domain saying the area was deemed blighted. there are still several lawsuits involving the project and his team plans to send in another one next wiebe. >> we invite the governor to see our blighted neighborhood and tell us how different it is from any other neighborhood in the country that isn't being seized. and tell us how it's a brighted neighborhood for a money losing arena in a financial crisis. >> they said the project will be a public benefit and create thousands of jobs. in a statement today, the state agency that overseas development said we can now move forward with development which will accomplish goals of eliminated blight, and bringing transportation improvements and affordable housing and jobs to the state. the chief judge noted that the
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bar may have been set too low. what passed as blight may not be reason for property rights. >> so daniel goldstein had been offered a certain sum of money for his property. now the court has ruled in the favor of the developer, is he going to take the money and go away? >> he said he had been offered, the residents had been offered something like $850 a square foot years ago, and now the city has told us what they plan to offer, and that's less than half of that. so what he can do is challenge that price if it gets to that point, but they're really hoping to fight this with several lawsuits. >> so he's losing lots of money. what about the cost of just fighting this lawsuit? >> it's cost him over a million dollars. just to fight the lawsuit and that all of the lawsuits, and that they have taken donations from the neighborhoods.
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>> i am sure he's hoping to win. in economic news tonight, home prices rose 3.1% last quarter. it's the second quarterly increase. compared to a year ago, prices are down 9%. there's even more disturbing nuses about foreclosures. 23% of homeowners owe more on their mortgages than what their property is worth. 10.7 million borrows are underwater. meanwhile, the consumer confidence index came in higher than reported. they had a november rating of 49.5. october's was 48.7. while the news was better than economists expected, it's news that they're still cautious in this holiday season. an explosion of registered sex offenders. what does it mean for your child's safety? we'll have the latest information. and president obama's first state dinner is starting right now at the white house. as the president host hosts ind
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president obama tonight hosting a state dinner for india's prime minister manmohan singh. earlier in the day, the president declared u.s. ties with india would be one of the defining relationships of the 21st century. why is the relationship so critical? joining me to discuss this, ambassador nicolas burns. currently at the kennedy school of government at harvard. he's a former ambassador at the nato in greece. good to see you. thanks for taking the time. >> nice to see you, john. >> of all of the countries that loom large on the foreign policy screen, why india as the first state dinner and visit? >> because india is the world's largest democracy, and its interested in the war are pretty much consistent with those of the yoourns. in south asia, india is going to be critical in helping stabilize afghanistan through the economic
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aid of the karzai government, and we want india to reduce their problems with pakistan so pakistan can turn their full attention to fight the taliban on the border. i think that is probably now the most critical american foreign policy objective. success in pakistan and afghanistan. as we negotiate the rise of china in the world and watch china and to world power, it's going to be important to have a democratic country like ipd yeah alongside us helping to lead china's rise. in the next 40 to 50 years we'll look upon india as one of our two or three most important friends in the world. >> let's drill down on the issue of afghanistan. it's front and center with the president making an announcement about a troop surge next tuesday and how big it will be. pakistan has appealed to the white house to get indian troops
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off its doorstep. it's the decades old dispute about kazmir. they have gone to war several times over that. they said men aef of our forces are tied up on the front borer with india. we could divert them and put them to work fighting the taliban if you could just get india to dial down the tensions and remove its troops. is that likely to figure in the discussion s of the president ad the prime minister? >> i'm sure it was front and center in the talks today. my own view, and i try to be objective, i think it's pakistani paranoia about india that fuels a lot of this m misunderstooding. the pakistanis see india as a mortal threat to them, and frankly, i think the indian government has been remarkably restrained over the past year. a year ago this week, a terrorist hit the hotels in
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mumbai, horfic terrorist attacks killed countless people. singh didn't respond militarily. and pakistan hasn't even arrested the people suspected in their country of having masterminded those attacks. so i really think that it's a question of trying to reduce tensions between the two so pakistan can take the bulk of its troops on the indian border, transfer them to the afghan/pack estab border so we can have a moreffective fight. >> let's turn to the relationship between the u.s. and india. you wrote quote influ ngsal indians complain that they're anning itinizing regional rivals. they're worried the obama team doesn't embrace the core idea that it's clearly in the u.s.'
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interest. is india feeling neglected? >> they had so much attention by president clinton and especially president bush, when obama came in, they were focused on the middle east and different places. they didn't find their place on india until recently. frankly, president obama now is rolling out the red carpet for prime minister singh. this is the first state visit of the obama administration, so it's a dramatic gesture and a strong one by president obama to signal that india is a priority. i hope this week the attention given to india will convince indians the united states is interested in its rise to power and wants to be a partner for the future. >> many americans look at india and see outsourcing, customer service calls in dubai, jobs going away. they're frustrated by all of
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this. what do you say to the american worker about why they should embrace the idea of a tight relationship between the united states and india? what are they going to get out of it? >> everybody can certainly understand the sentiment that people don't want to see jobs leave the united states needlessly. we have to insist on fair play in trade. india, like any other country, has to meet its obligations to trade fairly. that's an important point. secondly, it's important for americans also to remember that we derive a benefit from the investment in india. there are tremendous sales opportunities for american firms and nuclear power plant construction with the civil nuclear energy deal about to be completed and also the modern zashz of their military structure and also an investment in the high-tech sectors in the united states, right here in boston, massachusetts, and particularly in silicon valley. there is job creation in the
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united states from indian investment, but i'm sympathetic to american workers. they have a right to expect that their government, our government, will be tough-minded on trade, insist that every country meet their commitments to us. >> thanks for joining us. coming up, the trouble tracking sex offenders. why your children may be more vulnerable than ever. and an autistic run away survived 11 days in the new york subway system. why it took police so long to find him despite his family's frantic pleas.
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a remarkable story of surscrival to tell you out of new york. a teenage run away is back home after he said he spent 11 straight days riding the city's vast subway system. now, many are questions how he went undedected for so long despite a search from police, family, friends, even the mexican consulate. >> reporter: mar asell garcia rummages through her 13-year-old's backpack, showing what he lived on for 11 days. along with potato chip rappers and a pop can is his sweater he was wearing. he offered new words.
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he has asbrger syndrome. because of that, his mother says exactly what happened to him remains a mystery. >> he's never explained what happened in these days. >> he still hasn't been able to tell you what happened. >> no. look at him now. he doesn't express nothing. >> francisco says he didn't ask for help or communicate with anyone, which experts say is not uncommon for people with his syndrome. his mother said he never came home from school october 15th, fearing he would get in trouble for something that happened at school. while she and her husband searched frantically and made up posters, the teen disappeared among the millions of people who ride the subways every day. >> how did you live, what did you eat? >> a sandwich and mostly whatever i could find. >> he had $11 with him, slept on the trains and used bathrooms in the stations. here in brooklyn's coney island, this is it last stop for several train lines. 11 days after he disappeared, a
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police officer found him on his platform. he said he recognized him after seeing a poster. his mother said he looked skinny and was dirty. while she's releieved he's finally home, she expressed displergz with the police. >> because i'm mexican, i try to -- somebody else help me because the police don't do nothing. i tried to find somebody else to help me. and the mexican consulate come to the police. >> the city's police commissioner was asked about the criticism and how the boy could have gone undetected for so long. >> it wasn't focused on the subway system early on in the 11-day period. in my judgment, i think we did everything that was appropriate. >> francisco's mother said she worries her son may take off again and said she doesn't know where to turn to for help. she said her son did run away once before in january for a few
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hours before returning home. at that point, he also ran away to the subway system. why the subways? for some reason, he seems to feel safe there. mary snow, cnn, brooklyn, new york. turning now to a troubling new trend. a stunning rise in registered sex offenders. two recent crimes, the jaycee dugard kidnapping and another have led to the tracking of sex offenders. and internet technology has given them a vast landscape on how to ply their perversions. how to keep your kids safe, joining me now, courtney and earnie. 716,000 registered sex offenders in this country this year. so 78% increase since 2001. earnie, why the dramatic increase? are there actually more sex offenders in the united states than there ever was, or are we just better at prosecuting and
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identifying them? >> john, i think the answer is a little bit of both. first, the sex offender registry system in the united states is relatively new. the act passed in the mid-90s, so today, every state has a registry, but secondly, the internet has changed everything. it's provided the ability for abusers to target children online. there were 50 prosecutions, federal prosecutions, for child po pornography in 1995. there were 2500 last year. and that's impacting prison populations and sex offender registries. >> i want to talk more about the impact of the internet and all of the new devices and how it's making it easier for sex offender to apply their perversions. let's talk about enforcement here. with that number of registered sex offenders in the united states, are authorities just overwhelmed trying to keep track of them? prosecutions are up, more people are sentences, but at the same
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time in this economic climate, states are slashing the budget of their parole departments. >> that's exactly the case, john, that they're overburdens and they can't watch anybody. and the truth is there are more crimes than need be that registration. you see the high school kids are doing that, urinating in public, that's a registerable offense. sometimes people do crimes that don't require reg strashz. we need to come up with a system that establishes a hierarchy and has an elevated status for those who are serious offenders who we want to keep a close eye on and maybe those who are going to require a lot of attention, maybe an annual check-in with your local law enforcement agency. >> can parents be assured if there's a sex offender living in their area, particularly one out on parole, that he or she is being adequately monitored? >> no, absolutely not.
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they can't, john. there's too many of them. first of all, wroyou have to rely on the fact that the sex offender is actually registering. i'm in california. we have people who are not even residents of the country who have committed a sex offense. that would require registration, but they're not going to work into their local law enforcement agency and register. >> let's go back to the internet. this is a particularly important aspect of all of this that we want to talk about because it seems to be making it easier for sex offenders to find prey. when we look at the social networking sites like myspace and facebook, they have controls, but they can't cover everybody, can they? >> they can't, and they have made dramatic progress, dramatic strides in keeping kids safer and keeping sex offenders off. the big challenge is sex offenders today can be anonymous. ten years ago, they were abhrant. they were viewed as outcasts.
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suddenly, they discover there are lots of people like them around the world. they could network and trade information. they can target kids with little risk of apprehension. it's a more complex problem than it's been before. >> the washington post took a look at this the other day, in particular, how the technology explosion is giving sex predators free reign. a man on probation in iowa for molesting a 9-year-old girl was recently caught downloading pornographic images of a young girl on his playstation while walking to his probation appointment. that's incredible. >> all you need to do is get a nonservice provider piece of equipment like an iphone or an i touch and goisand go to your lo starbucks and download all of the child pornography you want. you could go to public
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libraries. it's unbelievable how real true crimials can sirkm vent the law and break the laws. >> we're good at prosecuting sex offenders, but do we need to be better at the back end, after they're out, after they're on probation or if they're on probation, do we need to get better at that? >> we do. we don't have enough resources. we know the numbers are climbing. we need to put more tangsz on the back end, more monitoring, more supervision, and we also need to target the most serious offenders. all sex offers are not alike. all sex offenders do not represent the same degree of risk to the community, so we need to engage in the kind of treaug. we need to measure and evaluate who represents the greatest threat and make sure we use technology and personnel to monitor, supervise, do follow up. it's not only the right thing for society, it's the best thing
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for the offenders. >> a big challenge out there. earnie and courtney, thank you for being with us tonight. good to see you. >> thank you. still ahead tonight, cnn hero, andrea ivory, and a breast cancer survivor, bringing early detection to the doorsteps of n uninsured florida women. >> and bison taking over catalina island. is buffalo birth control the answer? these stories and more. only one a day men's 50+ advantage... has gingko for memp$y and concentration. plus support for heart health. ( crowd roars ) that's a great call. one a day men's.
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we've all heard stories of bears, deer, coyotes, even pythons making their way into suburban neighborhoods. now add bison to the list. while most communities turn to hunting and killing to control pesky populations, scientists in one southern community are taking a much kind letter, gentler approach. casey wyian has our story. >> reporter: bison roaming free -- not on the american plain but within sight of the southern california coastline. many of the hundreds of thousands of tourists each year who make the short trip to catalina island are drawn by the chance to see a bison in the wild. but in recent years bison overpopulation has threatened the island's ecosystem. 14 bison were originally brought to catalina island for a 1920s movie shoot. by the 1960s they had multiplied to 600. the conservancy that operates
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most has tried to ship some back to native american reservations in south dakota. now it has settled or a more humane, cost-effective experiment, bison birth control. >> we are trying to find a balance between ecological, cultural, social and economic values. we could keep a small number of animals on the island. we could continue to monitor their impacts and manage for their impacts on the environment, but they will still be here for people to enjoy. >> reporter: scientists, animal rights activists and volunteers helped lure catalina's bison into pens. females were injected with an animal contraceptive which has never been tried on bison in the wild. the hope is it will reduce births by about 90% by thickening the walls of female bison eggs. the injections are expected to have no impact on bison behavior while eliminating the need for
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expensive and potentially harmful relocation. it may take two years to determine whether the plan will work but seeing it in action brought one longtime animal activist to tears. >> i would like to thank the catalina island for taking this unique step that will save the lives -- >> reporter: catalina bison were then rereleased to roam the island to be a link to america's past. casey wians, catalina island, california. ultimately catalina locals hope to stabilize it to 150 to 200 bison. coming up at the top of the hour campbell brown. she's here now. can you top that? >> i can't. it was very moving, john. we do have a little breaking news at this hour, as you probably know. guests arriving for president obama's first state dinner, and we are going to have live pictures, all the latest details from the dinner coming up.
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and also tonight, what does your dna reveal? we had a woman who uncovered michelle obama's family roots. she's here to tell us how you can look into yours. john? >> looking forward to that. see you at the top of the hour. one woman suffering from breast cancer refuses to give up and instead helps more than 600 others. her story is next. ice-recognizi, text-out-loud-reading, turn-by-turn-direction- giving sync® system the all-new taurus from ford. (beep) (sync® voice) please say a command. read message. (sync® voice) highway 8 closed. update route. (sync® voice) turn right on silver road. (announcer) we speak car. we speak innovation. introducing the all-new taurus from ford. drive one. i hired him to speak. a lot of fortune 500 companies use him. but-i'm your only employee. we're going to start using fedex to ship globally-
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on thanksgiving night anderson cooper and an all-star cast will announce your cnn hero of the year. from now until then we will be profiling each of the ten finalists. tonight andrea ivory. andrea had breast cancer. even while suffering, her thoughts were on how she could help others. here is her story.
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i had cancer. i had health insurance, but throughout my treatment and recovery i was thinking about those women who didn't have health insurance and i thought about those women who were dying from breast cancer because they lacked access to available treatment and awareness. it was right then and there throughout my recovery. i just knew i had to make a difference in their lives. good morning, everyone. every woman, regardless of her ability to pay, has a right to benefit from the early detection of breast cancer. >> the first thing they notice is probably her hair. it's always perfectly done. >> the florida breast health initiative. >> the second thing you notice about andrea, she's very stubborn. >> please let me make an appointment for you. it's so convenient. if they don't have health insurance, we can get them free screenings, okay? i knew we had to have an
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unconventional approach. if we could bring the services to them in their neighborhood, that makes all the difference in the world. if we go to neighborhoods, that are forgotten. anybody in your family have breast cancer? >> my mother. >> and how is she doing? >> she passed away when i was 7. >> one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over their lifetime. >> we went through a lot with when we found out about the lump she had in her breasts. my mom went into the hospital and they didn't accept it because she didn't have insurance. >> very scary. if i have to go through chemotherapy or anything else, how do i afford that? >> i introduced andrea to my mom. she got us the free mammogram. when we got the phone call the mammogram came back negative, that was one of the best moments of my life. >> i'm just happy. >> yes! if you could tell me that we would be visiting 20,000 homes
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or we would have helped over 600 women, i would have told you i wasn't part of that. how many appointments did you make? oh, great. get out of here. good girl. when i talk to my volunteers or when i go knock on the door and talk to a woman, it's almost hike an out-of-body experience. it's not really me. it's someone else that's speaking to them because i would have never done this years ago. coming back next week? >> yes. >> do you feel the power? >> yep. >> i feel the power. >> andrea put faith in me, in people. now today i have faith in people. we need more people that care for other people. >> when i was diagnosised with breast cancer, i never asked why me. instead i asked what for? >> and be sure to tune into cnn on thanksgiving night when we will announce the

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